Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret attend a parade of 'Fashions of the Future' in the 18th century home of Sir Kenneth and Lady Clarke at Hampstead. The Incorporated Society of London Fashion Designers (the Top Ten), are staging the show, and many of Britains' leading mannequins are taking part.
Dorothy Spooner models 'Pastique', an evening dress in orange, flame and burgundy tulle designed by Hardy Aimes. Cut on classical lines, the fitted bodice is trimmed with vermillion velvet.
The famous model Dolores wears a Norman Hartnell evening dress of white satin with yellow lace applique embroidered with drop pearls.
'Flowers for the Fair' is a Hartnell motto. This is his 'Flowers of the Field', embroidered with poppies, dasies and cornflowers. "A romantic dress for the days gone by", is how he describes it.
From the Victor Stiebel house comes this elegant evening dress in white slipper satin, embroidered with black net braiding.
Grace and sophistication are the key notes of the Top Ten's royal show.
Join assistant curator Danielle Thom as she explores the history of needlework tools before the decline of home sewing in the twentieth century. As design objects in their own right, they reflected the fashions and technological innovations of their day. As personal possessions, they represented status and ownership for women in an age when ‘property’ was predominantly the preserve of men.
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